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Holidays Times of Happiness and Sadness in MI

December 24, 2008

Lansing, MI - The holiday season is a hectic and busy one, and can lead to great expectations - that sometimes lead in turn to a big letdown.

Dr. Jim Dillon is director of psychiatric and mental services for the Michigan Department of Community Health. He says that, during the holidays, moods can swing from one of optimism to one of depression.

"There's an opportunity to link up with old family members, feel a kind of warmth in those relationships. And then they're disrupted again as the holiday season ends."

Dillon says many people in the northern hemisphere are also affected by the reduction of sunlight, also known as seasonal mood changes. He suggests that people who suffer depression consult with doctors concerning remedies, such as anti-depressants and light therapy. For those who are just blue, Dillon says, exercise and staying in contact with friends and relatives are good therapy.

"The connections that one makes with relatives needn't be abruptly discontinued as the holiday ends; one can maintain some of those contacts through phone calls or e-mails."

Tony Bruscato, Public News Service - MI